Portuguese Grand Prix – 1987


Ayrton Senna did not make this public, but he was disgusted with his Lotus. It had a good engine, however, the team no longer invested in the car. It was losing it’s competitive edge and the proof of this regression was the fifth placing on the starting grid in Estoril.

Gerhard Berger was ecstatic, with his first pole position of his career, achieved with the help of his Ferrari in full force. Senna congratulated him personally.

When the green light was lit for the start of the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Brazilian driver set out for the best spot, but with a mediocre performance from his car, he finished in seventh, two laps behind the winner, Alain Prost (McLaren).

Irritated at the events of the entire weekend, he half smiled when he was asked if he had signed a contract with McLaren for 1988. He replied vaguely:

“You are wishing me a Merry Christmas in September.”

Resumo da Corrida

  • 1 G. Berger
  • 2 N. Mansell
  • 3 A. Prost
  • 4 N. Piquet
  • 5 Ayrton Senna
  • 6 M. Alboreto
  • 7 R. Patrese
  • 8 S. Johansson
  • 9 T. Boutsen
  • 10 T. Fabi
  • 11 E. Cheever
  • 12 D. Warwick
  • 13 A. de Cesaris
  • 14 A. Nannini
  • 15 S. Nakajima
  • 16 C. Danner
  • 17 M. Brundle
  • 18 R. Arnoux
  • 19 P. Alliot
  • 20 A. Campos
  • 21 P. Streiff
  • 22 I. Capelli
  • 23 P. Ghinzani
  • 24 J. Palmer
  • 25 A.Caffi
  • 26 F. Forini
Voltas 70
Tempo Ensolarado
Volta mais rápida G. Berger - 1´19´´282
Podium 1º A. Prost 2º A. Berg 3º N. Piquet
Carros 26
Abandonos 12

Senna na corrida

Posição de largada 5
Posição final 7
Melhor volta 1’20’’217
Pontos somados para o Campeonato -
Posição no Campeonato após a prova 2
O que disse após a prova
“You are wishing me a Merry Christmas in September.” (on a possible move to McLaren)